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Three WCC teams venture down Road to Final Four

March 12, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- For the second time in the 60-year history of the West Coast Conference, three WCC teams will be competing in this year's NCAA Tournament. In addition, both LMU and San Francisco have earned postseason bids, giving the West Coast Conference five teams playing postseason basketball for the second straight season.


  • For the second time in its 60-year history of men's basketball (2008), the West Coast Conference has three teams participating in the NCAA Tournament (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's). The WCC also has five postseason teams for the second straight year (LMU, USF).

  • Only five Division I teams have won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons. Three of those teams (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's) call the WCC home. The other two: Duke, Kansas.

  • Current WCC teams have combined for 76 all-time NCAA Tournament wins, led by Gonzaga's 16.

  • Saint Mary's won its first outright WCC regular season title since 1989, and 2012 marked the first year in school history that the Gaels won both the regular season and tournament title.

  • Saint Mary's became just the second team in the last five years to win the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Tournament as a top seed (Gonzaga, 2009).

  • LMU is making its second postseason appearance in the last three years, and San Francisco its second straight. A Lions' win will give the WCC five 20-win teams for the first time ever.

  • Saint Mary's junior guard Matthew Dellavedova is the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's nine head coaches. A finalist for the Bob Cousy award given to the nation's top point guard, Dellavedova was also voted MVP of the 2012 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships.

    View the PDF above for complete team-by-team notes.